[REPORT] On #DemocracyDay: How the Nigeria Police Force Violates Human Rights
Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) and CODE with support from Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law have created this Real-Time (Web-Based Map) Situation Awareness Platform (PoliceMonitor.ng) to enable the general public report police human rights abuses in their environment through various social media platforms. Police abuses include arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, extortion, police brutality, torture, extrajudicial killings, rape and sexual misconduct, and other acts of police abuse and misconduct. We also mean to use this platform to connect our works with the Nigeria Police and organizations working around human rights issues in Nigeria.
PoliceMonitor is civil society driven and compliment the NPF’s Complaints Response Unit (CRU). Relative to previous complaints mechanisms, the NPF-CRU represents a step forward in police complaints and discipline management and accountability. However, the saying that the police cannot effectively police itself remains a self-evident truth. Like all police internal control systems, the CRU has not been as efficient in operations and satisfactory in results as was hoped. There is, therefore, the need for an independent, external, citizen-driven complaints mechanism. It is hoped that the PoliceMonitorNG will compliment the NPF-CRU and other police internal control mechanisms and play the role of an alternative, external and independent citizens’ platform to monitor and report police abuses in Nigeria and to take timely action to ensure justice for victims and accountability by perpetrators.
In the first two months of the launch of this platform, – July and August a total of 34 complaints/reports were documented from 600 pages of Whatsapp messages.
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